Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

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Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Since the earliest of times African Americans have been denied their rights. Finally when having enough of this discrimination they started a movement in 1955 that would soon be called the civil rights movement. This was initially triggered by the death of a young African American boy at the age of fourteen named Emmett Till. All of which would initiate a new era in the American quest for freedom and equality of all people. Starting with Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott which fanned the flames ignited by civil rights activists into the fires of the civil rights revolution.

It all started when the seed planted in Rosa's mind from this insight grew as she did leading her to join the NAACP in December of 1943 and grow into part of the Civil Rights Movement soon after. (timelines.com) “She worked as the secretary of the Montgomery chapter, later saying, "I was the only woman there, and they needed a secretary, and I was too timid to say no," working under E.D. Nixon. But before joining the NAACP Rosa Parks worked as the chapter's youth adviser. She worked with the organization's state president, Edgar Daniel Nixon, “… to mobilize a voter registration drive in Montgomery.” Rosa Parks was also elected secretary of the Montgomery branch that same year until 1957 as stated in timelines.com in an article titled Rosa Parks joins NAACP and becomes active in Civil Rights Movement.

“In the early 1950s Rosa Parks found work as a tailor's assistant at a department store, Montgomery Fair.” (timelines.com)Besides that Parks also had a part-time job as a seamstress for Virginia and Clifford Durr, a white liberal couple, they encouraged Parks in her civil rights work. Six months before her protest,”… Rosa Parks received a scholarship to attend a workshop on school integration for community leaders.” It was held at the Highlander Folk School in Monteagle, Tennessee, and Parks spent a while there before returning to Alabama....
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